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Brewed by Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Barley Wine
Montegioco, Italy
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (225) - - MAR 8, 2013
aroma: toast, floral, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, apparenza: black, cloudy, minimal head, gusto: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, palato: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, aroma complesso,caffè,malto tostato,cioccolato,floreale e alcolica..scura con poca schiuma bianca..sapore fruttato e di caffè,dolce con un lungo finale amaro luppolato..ottima davvero ma l’ho presa perchè volevo un barley wine e in realtà non stiamo parlando proprio di un barley wine ma di stout/imperial stout secondo me..comunque ben fatta!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (864) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 21, 2014
Color nero impenetrabile con schiuma caffèlatte. Al naso subito evidente la tostatura. In bocca è davvero ottima, calda, avvolgente, cremosa e molto tostata. Finale decisamente amaro.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (218) - ITALY - MAR 2, 2014
2013 vintage (9% ABV instead of 8.5%), 330 ml bottle from ArtigianBeer served in a Teku glass. Pitch black, absolutely no light passing through, with an average light brown head which doesn’t last very long. Rich and inviting aroma, some light spices (cinnamon and vanilla), toasted malts, blackberries and dark fruits, milk chocolate and espresso coffee. Difficult to consider it a classic barley wine, since there are so many RIS/Imperial Porter qualities in this beer, but it’s certainly less bitter, more sweet, and definitely more balanced, elegant and harmonius. Slightly fruity, again blackberries but also notes of raisins/plumbs, ending with a pleasent white chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No trace of the alchool at all, which is both amazing and scary for how drinkable it is. Soft carbonation, medium to full body and oily texture. Great!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Buongiorgio00 (576) - - JAN 12, 2014
Barley Wine molto elegante e bevibile, con un’anima cupa e tenebrosa. Gusto che unisce armoniosamente cioccolato, caffé leggero, caramello a note di frutta scura. Veramente ottima! Penso che al buon vecchio Poe sarebbe piaciuta e ne avrebbe tratto grande ispirazione.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7018) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Colin (Theydon Bois) had this Tuesday 25th December 2013 at dads Pours very dark brown with light beige head. A little caramel bit of vanilla, nice nose but very gentle. Easy drinking, smooth, soft in the mouth with fine dusty cocoa finish. I like this another interesting Imperial Stout. A7 A4 T8 P3 Ov15 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle from Domus Birrae in Roma based on recommendation from the guy running the place. The beer pours dark brown with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee. Medium to full body with flavors of roast malt, figs, coffee and earthy hops. The finish is malty with a dark fruit aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (11903) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Cask/Handpump@Open Baladin
Opaque black color, good creamy brownish head, lace. Strong toasted aroma, coffee, chocolate. Soft palate, full-bodied. Creamy chocolate, a bit ashy, tobacco ... Nice toasted and smooth flavor, not alcoholic at all. Excellent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 19, 2013
Runder starker Malzantrunk mit leichter Süße. Rund, für Schokoladennoten lassen nicht nach, vollmundig, das Bier könnte aber noch einen Ticken intensiver sein. 10/10/9/9//9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15503) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Slightly roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (382) - ISRAEL - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle sample at the tasting. Thanks ThreeCats. Pours dark brown with a tan head, leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste - roasted malt, dark fruits, mild bitterness. Smooth and creamy on palate. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks ThreeCats. Dark brown to black with a nice tan head. Aroma with malt, a bit of roastiness, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of dark fruits. Slightly sweetish flavor with malt, some roastiness, light fruity notes, some chocolate and a finish with a bit of bitterness. Full-bodied, silky mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste like a Barley Wine, maybe a bit like an Imperial Porter.


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